LGBT+ Leadership - the challenges we face
For LGBT+ workers, discrimination or bullying aimed at their sexual orientation or gender identity can stop them being their authentic selves at work. Yet, when workplace cultures are fully representative and inclusive, the data shows marked increases in individual and business outcomes.
In CMI’s 75th Anniversary survey, nearly a quarter of respondents who did not identify as heterosexual said they did not feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation at work.
Moreover, 39% said they had visible LGBT+ role models and only 26% said their organisations offer training for managers on LGBT+ inclusion.
So, what needs to change to include all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity?
Matt Haworth, Co-Founder of Reason Digital and Pride in Leadership, shares his views on the difficulties of visibility for LGBTQ+ leaders like himself, and gives advice for creating more inclusive work cultures.